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Anastasia Bodnaruk vs Zhansaya Abdumalik
IMSA World Masters Blitz (Women) (2019) (blitz), Hengshui CHN, rd 12, May-17
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1



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Aug-16-21  beenthere240: Well that was tough!
Aug-16-21  Brenin: 37 ... Ra1+ 38 Bc1 Rxc1+ 31 Rxc1 Rxc1+ 32 Qf1 Rxf1+ 33 Kxf1 leaves Black a B ahead with an easy win. Playing 38 Rc1 has the same result after 38 ... R(either)xc1+, and 38 Qf1 allows 38 ... Rxf1+ 39 Kxf1 Rxc4, leaving Black a R ahead.
Aug-16-21  Walter Glattke: A) 37.-Ra1+ 38.Rc1 R8xc1+ 39.Bxc1 Rxc1+ 40.Qf1 Rxf1+ 41.Kxf1 B+4P vs. 4P -++
Aug-16-21  Brenin: 37 Qxc4 (instead of Rxc4) Rxc4 38 Rxc4 Ra1+ 39 Rc1 is a draw.
Aug-16-21  beenthere240: If you start at move 35 it begins to look like a problem.
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  drollere: like the others, i had Ra1+ etc. seems a pity, though, to grind down like that to a mere KB. the B will get burnt for one of the pawns, and then it's just a 4 to 3 pawn ending. sad.
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  drollere: <If you start at move 35 it begins to look like a problem.>

(chuckling to himself.) that's not a knife ... (pulling out his knife) *that's* a knife! (Crocodile Dundee)

Aug-16-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: Easy even by Monday standards, because the wrong move (taking the rook because recapture is bad) is harder to find than the correct one.
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  agb2002: White threatens Rxc8+.

The white king runs the risk of a back rank mate. Hence, 37... Ra1+:

A) 38.Bc1 Rxc1+ 39.Rxc1 (39.Qf1 Rxf1+ 40.Kxf1 Rxc4 - + [r+b]) 39... Rxc1+ 40.Qf1 Rxf1+ ends up a piece ahead.

B) 38.Rc1 Rcxc1+ 39.Bxc1 (else mate next) 39... Rxc1+ 40.Qf1 Rxf1+ as in A.

C) 38.Qf1 Rxf1+ 39.Kxf1 Rxc4 as in the subline of A.

Aug-16-21  mel gibson: They both end up with 4 pawns but Black is a Bishop up. Very easy puzzle.
Aug-16-21  Brenin: <drollere>:<... the B will get burnt for one of the pawns, and then it's just a 4 to 3 pawn ending. sad.> It needn't come to that: the Ks and Ps will advance, Black avoiding exchanges; eventually White will run out of P moves, and the obligation to make moves will force his K away from protecting his Ps, which will fall to the K+B. Just play it out, and you'll see.
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  Teyss: <beenthere240: If you start at move 35 it begins to look like a problem.> No because after 36.Qxc4 the position is equal. Same if 36.Rxc4 Qxc4 37.Qxc4 as noted by <brenin>.

So the puzzle has to start on move 37 even if that makes it very easy. Although one has to see why 37...Rxc4? does not work.

<drollere: the B will get burnt for one of the pawns, and then it's just a 4 to 3 pawn ending. sad.> Sorry I don't understand, the BK will join to block the WPs so the BB will just harass them and "lose" moves in order to allow the K to gain opposition, no?

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  Teyss: <brenin> We posted at the same time, but you were faster ;-)
Aug-16-21  Brenin: <Teyss>: No problem, it happens all the time. It's often good to have two different explanations of the same idea.
Aug-16-21  saturn2: After 37...Ra1
38.Rc1, Bc1 and Qf1 lose.
Aug-16-21  Sim1: Does this even count as a puzzle? Just seems like absolutely standard play.
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  chrisowen: Rudolphs vintages rivals Ra1+ famous iotaus arrived its odd volume vintager rudolphs vintages rivals prodded its odd volume prinz its wobbles volume quack ice it cement volume vintager method vagrant jolly fun its parlez vintages volume ritz its bus vintager with dicky it on volume Qxc4 finish abled its leeway its boa i volume tangle Rxc4 fluffs vintages bavarian abattoir its blav its ai bavarian has vintager huffle totadd heffas huffle ies its good jaffas i volume its what its biopsy visage copy its ie Ra1+ cuff!
Aug-16-21  TheaN: Okay this might be a Monday-, as this is essentially Puzzle Rush/Storm early-10 puzzle material. After <37....Ra1+ 38.Bc1 Rxc1+ 39.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 40.Qf1 Rxf1 -+>, where all the variations either lead to mate if the queen doesn't interpose on f1, the lose of a rook if White plays Qf1 earlier or the mirror of the main line if 38.Rc1.
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  chrisowen: affable catcher a1 xxx
Aug-16-21  TheTamale: The hardest part about this puzzle is the time you spend trying to find something better than the obvious move that any 1200 player would play.

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